Biden acknowledges message lapse on oil spill

WASHINGTON Wed Jun 2, 2010 5:42pm EDT

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he arrives for a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he arrives for a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels May 6, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has been deeply involved in the effort to staunch the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the start but may have made a mistake by failing to communicate effectively about its efforts, Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

"I think if there's any mistake made (it's) that we haven't communicated clearly enough what the president has done on this oil spill from the beginning," Biden said in the transcript of an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose television show.

"We were there the first day, the first morning after that well ... blew and that platform collapsed. We were in the Oval Office," Biden said. "He mobilized everyone in the White House in the West Wing, made it clear that every single asset of the federal government should be made available."

President Barack Obama, facing one of the biggest challenges of his presidency, is under relentless pressure to stop the gush of oil and gas from the broken BP Plc oil well far below the surface of the Gulf.

The weekend failure of a "top kill" technique BP attempted to try to seal the well has unleashed a surge of anger and public criticism that poses a major domestic challenge to Obama and his fellow Democrats in an election year.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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djaymick wrote:
“We were there the first day, the first morning after that well … blew and that platform collapsed. We were in the Oval Office,” Biden said. “He mobilized everyone in the White House in the West Wing, made it clear that every single asset of the federal government should be made available.”
Those “assets” were the MSM, blowing the trumpets about bad business, climate control and GOP connections.

Jun 02, 2010 6:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
valwayne wrote:
Its not the communication. Its the massive incompetence, the massive corruption, the massive radical left wing ideological blindness, and the arrogance. Obama and his adminstration truly have total contempt for average working Americans. We’ve never seen anything this bad in our history!

Jun 02, 2010 10:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hadenough2 wrote:
@valwayne
Are you referring to the sweetheart deals enacted by team Bush&Cheney between the years 2000 and 2008 in cohoots with Big Oil? Or maybe you’re just referring to all the Red States clamoring to “…drill baby drill”. The only fault I see that the Obama administration is guilty of in this case, is pandering to Republicans and allowing the drilling to have continued without adequate safety measures.

Jun 03, 2010 5:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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